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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Server stops working
Date Sun, 06 Oct 2002 16:14:26 GMT
Thomas Andersson wrote:
> Joshua Slive wrote:
>>>Sygate Personal Firewall 4.2
>>>>NIS 2002 Firewall
>>Using software firewalls with Apache 2 is, in general, a bad idea.
>>There are several known bad interactions, and I wouldn't be at all
>>surprised if this was the cause of your problems.  For example, see
> If so it's next to useless :( I sure wouldn't run a FTP and webserver
> without some kind of firewall, and a hardware one isn't an option for me.

A properly configured OS should not require a software firewall.  Now, 
whether it is possible to properly configure WindowsNT/2000/XP is a 
question I don't consider myself knowledgable enough to answer.

> Anyway, the firewall shouldn't affect the server when sitting on my own
> machine loading pages from my harddrive should it?? Whne this happens it
> won't show anything lice localhost or server_status...

Please read those bug reports I referenced.  Software firewalls on 
Windows do much more than you imagine.  They actually replace large 
chunks of OS networking code with their own code.  If they don't 
impliment this code entirely correctly, they will screw up other 
programs regardless of where the access comes from.

One hope is that, as Apache 2 becomes more popular, more people will 
report these bugs to the firewall companies and they will be forced to 
fix their interfaces.


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